Helping families and others cope with the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler, including stillbirth and miscarriage loss, while raising awareness, providing education and supporting research regarding sudden, unexpected infant and toddler death.
Angel Eyes, formerly The Colorado SIDS Program, was incorporated in 1981 and represents a merger of the Colorado Chapter of the National SIDS Foundation, a parent organization formed in 1967, and the SIDS Information and Counseling Project, what was funded in 1976 through a federal grant. The Colorado SIDS Program was the first, and continues to be one of the few SIDS organizations to combine a parent and professional organization into one agency to provide a statewide approach to SIDS.
Effective January 1, 2008, Angel Eyes expanded its services to provide a comprehensive array of risk reduction and awareness services concerning sudden, unexpected infant and toddler death which includes but is not limited to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and Sudden Unexpected Death of a Child (SUDC). Angel Eyes now provides professional and compassionate bereavement services in all cases of sudden, unexpected infant and toddler death with the only exception being cases where there is parental involvement in the criminal justice system (e.g., homicide, assault, criminal neglect) as a result of the death.
Counseling and Support: Offer compassionate and professional bereavement counseling and support services at no charge to families, caregivers and others that are impacted by the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler, including stillbirth and miscarriages.
Education and Awareness: Keep infants and toddlers healthy through awareness and risk reduction education throughout Colorado.
Research: Support efforts to reduce the incidence of infant and toddler deaths. Maintain statistical data that is available and of value to researchers.
Goals & Objectives
• Provide every Colorado family experiencing the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler with a personal contact soon after we are notified of the death, along with informational packets containing appropriate literature regarding the death and bereavement issues;
• Provide professional case management, information and support services in a culturally competent and linguistically appropriate manner to those affected by sudden, unexpected infant or toddler death throughout the two years following the death and longer if needed;
• Provide accurate information and education to the Colorado community regarding SIDS and other sudden, unexpected infant and toddler deaths;
• Provide accurate data regarding these deaths in Colorado; determine trends that might reflect areas of program or educational needs; and
• Provide sufficient operating funds to support program operations through fundraising, grants, individual donations and corporate donations.
In 2016, Angel Eyes has experienced significant growth to the Bereavement Counseling and Support Services Program. Angel Eyes is the only statewide organization in Colorado offering short and long term professional bereavement counseling to families whose lives have been impacted by the sudden, unexpected death of their child, including pregnancy loss such as stillbirth, miscarriages and medical interruptions of a pregnancy. All services provided by Angel Eyes are FREE to the client. It is been a great sense of pride for the staff of Angel Eyes to be a part of a changing and expanding organization.
"Angel Eyes has been a wonderful support for us during this difficult time. Connecting with families who have also lost a child has been tremendous support in being understood during our grief."
- Dianna C.
"We weren't sure what to expect when we decided to seek counseling for the loss of our baby at 20 weeks. We were in unbelievable pain, sorrow and angry that it happened. Our Angel Eyes counselor was very good, and helped us get to a place of acceptance and healing. We're so glad we decided to use their services, and highly recommend it to anyone who has suffered the loss of their infant, toddler or experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth. Angel Eyes is a gift, please take it." Scott W.